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Xcel Energy lays out plan to close Colorado coal plants and increase clean energy

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy files an ambitious plan with Colorado regulators indicating it wants to retire some of its coal plants and increase renewable energy sources to 55 percent of its portfolio by 2026. (Denver Post)

NUCLEAR: An Arizona nuclear plant won’t have to close if voters approve a ballot measure increasing renewable energy use, according to a new analysis conducted for an environmental group. (Utility Dive)

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STORAGE: With the rapid growth of its energy storage division, Tesla is on its way to becoming a full-fledged energy company. (Green Biz)

OIL AND GAS:
• New Mexico’s governor says the federal government should cut through the bureaucratic red tape that slows down drilling permits, hurting states like hers that rely on oil and gas royalties. (Associated Press)
• Alaska’s state-owned gasline corporation is asking the state’s development bank for a loan to help finance a $43 billion liquefied natural gas export plan. (Alaska Journal of Commerce)
• The New Mexico land commissioner accuses Texas of stealing the state’s water and then selling it back to oil and gas companies fracking in the Permian Basin. (Texas Tribune)
• A Denver area suburb postpones a vote on a proposal to temporarily halt oil and gas development within the city. (The Denver Channel)

SOLAR:
• The CEO of a solar company that just purchased an Oregon manufacturing facility says it will spend $15 million to upgrade the plant to expand production of more efficient solar panels. (The Oregonian)
• Tesla/Solar City maintains dominance in the California residential solar market, a new study shows. (pv magazine)

CLIMATE: California regulators require utilities to start tracking greenhouse gas emissions on an hourly basis by Aug. 1. (Utility Dive)

WIND: A wind project in Wyoming is delayed by questions over whether a ranch trailer constitutes a permanent dwelling which would increase setback requirements. (Rawlins Times)

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COAL:  Elected officials in Wyoming, the largest coal producing state in the nation, supports President Trump’s plan to prop up struggling coal and nuclear plants. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• A former Interior Secretary says there’s no justifiable reason for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, America’s last truly wild place. (Anchorage Daily News)
• It’s take time for California to take control of its grid, s says the founder of Food and Water Watch. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• The Washington governor has placed his political ideology above national policy and the law by blocking the export of coal w with “sneaky” agency rulings, says a former state attorney general. (Yakima Herald-Republic)

 

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